Iowa Gov. says new anti-transgender Medicaid law isn’t new policy

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(Photo by Zackary Drucker as part of Broadly's Gender Spectrum Collection)


(Photo by Zackary Drucker as part of Broadly’s Gender Spectrum Collection)

DES MOINES — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said a law she just signed banning state Medicaid from being used for transition-related healthcare just restates previous state policy.

The Gazette of Cedar Rapids reported the Republican’s comments on Tuesday.

“This has been the state’s position for decades, through both parties leading this state and both parties leading the Legislature,’ Reynolds said. “And it’s been that way in rules for a long, long time.”

Others disagree.

“To be clear, writing discrimination into the Iowa Civil Rights Act directly is not ‘simply a restatement of previous state policy,’ ” political action group One Iowa Action said on their Facebook page on Wednesday. They’re calling for people to attend town halls the governor is holding across the state and question her about writing anti-transgender discrimination into law.

Des Moines (this one is tonight):


Cedar Rapids:

Sioux City:

Council Bluffs:


In March, the Iowa Supreme Court struck down an administrative code that banned the payments. The law was passed in reaction to that decision.

Lawsuits against the law are expected.



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